Handicapping FAQs

Section 3

Starting a Handicap Index®


  How do I start a Handicap Index?


  You must be a member of a golf club that is authorized by the USGA® to utilize the USGA Handicap System™. The USGA defines a golf club as an organization of at least 10 individual members that operates under bylaws with Committees (including a Handicap Committee) to supervise golf activities, provide peer review, and maintain the integrity of the USGA Handicap System.

Once a player joins an authorized golf club, the player should post adjusted gross scores. After the player posts five adjusted gross scores, and a revision date passes, the club will issue the player a Handicap Index.

To find an authorized golf club in your area, search here or check with your local Authorized Golf Association.

For more information, please visit the "Getting a USGA Handicap Index"page.